Staring at the ceiling

New songs(?). New tour dates. New hairdo. Same singer. (YAY) I must admit I was hoping Bono did some bending motions in the video below, but I’ll take his word(s) for it that he’s ready to return.

U2’s Rescheduled North American Tour dates for 2011

May 21: Denver, Col. (Invesco Field, formerly June 12/10)
May 24: Salt Lake City, Utah (Rice Eccles Stadium, formerly June 3/10)
June 1: Edmonton, Alberta (Commonwealth Stadium, formerly June 23/10)
June 4: Seattle, Wash. (Qwest Field, formerly June 20/10)
June 7: Oakland, Calif. (McAfee Coliseum, formerly June 16/10)
June 17: Anaheim, Calif. (Angels Stadium, formerly June 6/10)
June 18: Anaheim, Calif. (Angels Stadium, formerly June 7/10)
June 26: East Lansing, Mich. (Spartan Stadium at MSU, formerly June 30/10)
June 29: Miami, Fla. (Sun Life Stadium, formerly July 9/10) *previously Dolphin Stadium
July 5: Chicago, Ill. (Soldier Field, formerly July 6/10)
July 8: Montreal, Quebec (Hippodrome, formerly July 16/10)
July 9: Montreal, Quebec (Hippodrome, formerly July 17/10)
July 11: Toronto, Ontario (Rogers Centre, formerly July 3/10)
July 14: Philadelphia, Pa. (Lincoln Financial Field, formerly July 12/10)
July 20: East Rutherford, N.J. (New Meadowlands Stadium, formerly July 19/10)
July 23: Minneapolis, Minn. (TCF Bank Stadium, formerly June 27/10)

For the reading challenged, here are the key visual aids:

Unrelated: Bono on a boat. (This is how he gets that windblown look on his hair, people.)

Listen to The Bono

While we glide through this unprecedented summertime stretch of “No Sightings of The Bono Getting On and Off of Little Tiny Boats” (The Summer without a Bono Claus?), sate yourself with a Bono podcast of Bono saying Bono things you’ve probably heard before.

Absolute Radio Podcast: Bono talks about his memories of Live Aid which was 25 years ago this month. — Recorded: 9 July 2010 — Duration: 6 minutes 27 seconds …

“How is he doing?”

Matt Bellamy interviewed by monkeys Absolute Radio at the Silver Clef Awards. Very brief U2 mention at the end of this where Matt is asked about Glastonbury and how Bono is doing and all that …

Related: Muse Honored at O2 Silver Clef Awards

U.K. rock act Muse’s fearsome live reputation helped secure them the O2 Silver Clef Award in London today (July 2).

The award was presented to Muse by Roger Taylor and Brian May of Queen. Taylor described the Warner-signed trio as “probably the greatest live act in the world today,” while May said that “this is a magnificent, incredible group.”

Collecting the award, singer and guitarist Matt Bellamy said it was an “amazing privilege and honor” to win, and he told the influential Queen members “we owe you so much.”

Muse also proved to be generous guests at the 35th anniversary of the Silver Clef Awards, successfully bidding tens of thousands during the auction in aid of the Nordoff Robbins music therapy charity.

Band members at their table at the Park Lane Hilton bid £7,000 ($10,600) for a Theo Fennell skull ring, £11,000 ($16,700) for 20-seat box at Wembley Stadium for Manchester Utd vs Chelsea next month, and £20,000 ($30,400) for a lithograph of a portrait of Keith Richards by fellow Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood.

Muse also donated what turned out to be the most expensive item in the auction, a signed custom-made Manson guitar. Bellamy conducted that part of the auction himself, describing how the guitar had only been used once when he rehearsed with U2’s the Edge, who joined the band on stage during their June 26 headline slot at Glastonbury festival. It was sold for £33,000 ($50,100) – to their booking agent Geoff Meall, at the Agency Group in London.